Event Summary

New Bedford becomes important center for American whaling

Date

1765

Description

Movement of Fitch family interests from Nantucket to New Bedford mark the beginning of the island's decline as the leading whaling center. New Bedford's harbor better and position on the mainland as important factors.

Timeline 1

Whaling, Fishing, Fisheries and their Management, 1400 - to present

Timeline 2

The Revolutionary Atlantic, 1750-1815

Record ID

1310